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Moving to North/East Bay

I've never been but a friend goes and he says the trick is to get there REALLY EARLY.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

How did you like the taste? Like? Love?

It's simple to make and it seems to give so much more than you'd expect from such a simple, unassuming cake.

Mine always takes much longer to cook; how long did yours take?

1 day ago
walker in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition!

I've tried it both ways, seeding cardamom pods and next time using just the cardamom seeds. I couldn't tell any difference and from now on I'll just take the easier way out!

I'm sure you'll get raves.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

I use a parchment round and since the cake isn't that sweet, I like to sprinkle 3 Tbl sugar instead of 2. (Recipe says 2-3 Tbl) You haven't tasted it yet?

May 03, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

Just to be clear, that's the cookbook author's story; I included it when I copied/pasted it here. Interesting that it originally came from Sweden.

Mine takes longer to bake. It's very easy and comes out perfectly every time. I grind up the cardamom seeds in my coffee grinder.

May 03, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

Have you ever made the Cardamom Cake from My Bombay Kitchen by Niloufer Ichaporia King .. a Parsi Cookbook. Very lovely; very easy:

The recipe for this cake, one of the most precious gifts I’ve ever received in my life, comes from a generous Swedish friend, Ragnhild Langlet, a textile artist of extraordinary talent. The cake became an immediate favorite in our household, an honorary Parsi dessert and our most requested birthday cake.

We met Ragnhild Langlet in a Berkeley garden in the early summer of 1987 at a potluck wedding celebration to which she brought an unassuming cake baked in an unassuming pan. That unassuming little cake was one of the most powerful things I’ve ever tasted. It was suffused with a scent of cardamom, crunchy whole seeds throughout, sweet enough, rich enough, light enough. Cake perfection. The taste is so exotic, so tropical, yet so adaptable to any cuisine that it’s a surprise to know that it comes from Sweden, which turns out to be the world’s second-largest market for cardamom, India being number one.

This cake is excellent the first day, even better the next and the next and the next, if it lasts that long. Serve with fruit or a custard or ice cream. There’s nothing that it doesn’t complement.
Serves 6 to 10.

2 to 3 tablespoons sugar, for the pan
Sliced unblanched almonds, for the topping (optional)
4 large eggs
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
1 1/3 sticks unsalted butter
1 tablespoon cardamom seeds
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
Pinch of salt

• Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9-inch diameter springform pan by buttering it liberally, sprinkling 2 to 3 tablespoons sugar, and shaking the pan until the bottom and sides are coated with sugar. Don’t worry about extra sugar on the bottom. Cover the bottom with sliced almonds if you want a particularly crunchy topping. Ragnhild also suggested ground almonds or bread crumbs. If you want to be absolutely sure that the topping won’t stick, use a parchment paper disk to line the bottom of the pan before buttering and sugaring it.
• Using a stand mixer if you have one, a handheld beater, or a powerful and patient arm, cream the eggs and sugar until thick and pale and tripled in volume, about 5 minutes. Melt the butter in a little saucepan. Bruise the cardamom seeds in a mortar. Quickly fold the flour and salt into the egg and sugar mixture, followed by the butter and the cardamom. Give the batter a thorough stir before tipping it into the prepared pan. Thump the pan on the counter to settle the batter.
• Bake the cake for 30 to 35 minutes. The top should feel dry and spring back when lightly pressed, and a skewer or knife inserted into the center should come out dry. Remove from the oven and leave in the pan about 5 minutes. Run a knife around the sides of the pan before inverting the cake onto a rack to cool. Remove the bottom of the pan carefully while the cake is still very warm. Let cool before serving.

Ants in kitchen--Four methods have not worked! Help!

Home Depot has it:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Terro-Liqu...

Here it is at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/TERRO-Killer-Li...

I've seen it at OSH, too.

(Next time I'm going to try the Borax/Sugar deal.)

May 02, 2015
walker in Not About Food

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Spring has finally sprung, May 2015 edition!

Did you read Amarcord? I enjoyed reading it; I have great respect for Marcella Hazan.

May 02, 2015
walker in Home Cooking
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Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2015

South San Francisco Costco; comes in two sizes. Maybe it's here because we have so many rice eaters. They stock other kinds of rice, too.

May 01, 2015
walker in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2015

Has anyone tried the Kirkland brand basmati rice?

May 01, 2015
walker in Chains

places for loners Berkeley area

Look into taking a cooking class; you'd maybe get better at cooking meals and perhaps meet someone who'd like to eat out with you. (I rec Marcella Hazan's Roasted Chicken with 2 Lemons .. a roasted chicken keeps well in fridge, you can take some for lunch.)

Also, for your days off, look into Sierra Club hikes .. there's a singles section of hikes.

Remember, being single is so much better than being paired with the WRONG person.

(I think it's so sad that it's so hard to make new friends in a coffee house; everyone stays in their own little world plugged into their music or computer.)

Apr 30, 2015
walker in San Francisco Bay Area

Eggplant parm and.....

Thank you for the detailed explanation!

Apr 29, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

Eggplant parm and.....

If I blanch first, does that mean I put it into boiling water for 2 minutes? Heat still on or off? Lid on or off? How long in ice water? Thanks.

Apr 29, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

Ants in kitchen--Four methods have not worked! Help!

I feel for you, I've been where you are. I used to buy Grant's ant bait and it worked perfectly. More recently, no go. I read reviews on Amazon and discovered they were forced to change the formula and now they don't work.

I bought the Terro liquid things and I don't really like the fact that the liquid can seep out but it IS working. The ants were coming in from a deck door into a hallway where I feed my 2 cats and I didn't want the cats near the Terro so I ordered some big cat scratching boxes and I placed them so the cats can't get near the bait.

Apr 29, 2015
walker in Not About Food

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

I broke down and bought this when it was on sale for $40.

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

A red one was $5 or $10 dollars less than the silver but I liked the silver one better.

I don't put anything over the screen, just keep it a bit out of harm's way.

Apr 28, 2015
walker in Home Cooking
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What are you baking these days? April showers...2nd part, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

I got some from TJ recently, from China, $8 for
8 oz I believe. I haven't opened these yet but I've never gotten the "pine mouth."

Apr 28, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

Don't worry about it; it could be a lot worse. When I was a freshman in college, I saw a classmate sucking her thumb on a bus road trip.

Eggplant parm and.....

You don't need to blanch the broccoli rabe first? No water at all after the saute?

Apr 27, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

What is Caster Sugar?

This is the one I buy:

https://www.chsugar.com/sugar/detail/...

I can find it in larger grocery stores.

Apr 26, 2015
walker in General Topics
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - April 2015 [OLD]

That is so the right way to run a business!

Cookware suggestions

This is my favorite dutch oven type pot:

https://housewares.blob.core.windows....

697449 .. 8 quart

It's non stick but not teflon and can go in the oven. It's a favorite pot for stews, tomato sauce, soups. I also own a smaller pot with a handle and lid.

Here's a 7 quart for $128.99.

http://www.wayfair.com/Berndes-Signoc...

You can also buy sets. I think Scanpan brand is similar.

Apr 26, 2015
walker in Cookware

What are you baking these days? April showers...2nd part, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

Sounds lovely; please post a photo!

Apr 25, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

Here's a great comment from that blog that I read after I posted above:

Dan FaulhaberJune 19, 2014 at 9:50 PM

I, too, have the Mingei Ya cook book. I bought it at the restaurant after dining there just after my 21st birthday (it was my first legal drink). The place was fantastic. One truly felt that as if you were dining at a Japanese country inn. Tatami mat floors, no chairs and remove your shoes at the entrance. Kimono-clad waitresses served you and their English was so bad that ordering was often accomplished by pointing at menu items. You want a fork and knife? No such things existed at Mingei Ya. The food was sublime. It was one of the best dining experiences I have had in my life. And the book has been used ever since.

Apr 25, 2015
walker in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

Irresistible bargains .. clever, lucky you!

When you mentioned Japanese Country Cooking and Mingei-Ya in SF, it rang a bell. The restaurant is long gone but I have fond memories of a few visits there. Their specialty was a hot pot thing, bubbling broth in a special contraption and you added your vegetables, etc.

There are Chinese hot pot places all over town but I've never tried one. Mingei-Ya was a beautiful, special place. Here are some pages of illustrations from the book:

http://stuffthatmakesmyheartbeatfaste...

"Bang-Bang" - I knew I wasn't alone in this . . .

I tried to look it up but couldn't find it: it was a burrito crawl by a small group in San Francisco's Mission District. It was hilarious, printed in one of the free weekly papers. The head of the group kept telling them to only eat one bite out of each burrito so they could keep going to all on the list, not get too full. One guy, early on, kept eating too much of each.

There are blogs (burrito eater?) that list standards, take off points if it's rolled up wrong, with too big a wad of tortilla in places.

Apr 24, 2015
walker in General Topics

The "Food Babe" Blogger Is Full of Shit

So was Mussolini.

Moving to North/East Bay

Alameda has gorgeous flowering tulip and cherry trees in spring.

Just saw a "Check Please, Bay Area" last night:

http://blogs.kqed.org/checkplease/201...

The diner-type place, Scolari, is in Alameda but the Fusebox place in West Oakland caught my eye. (I already love Milano in San Francisco.)

Apr 24, 2015
walker in San Francisco Bay Area

What are you baking these days? April showers...2nd part, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

You're too hard on yourself; I, too, have perfectionistic tendencies. Just keep it up, it'll get easier.

I just read something in a magazine, can't remember the name of the well known chef, but she wasn't good at something like crepes or something so she made them 3 times a day for a month until she nailed it.

Apr 23, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? April showers...2nd part, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

You know, without me saying so, that it's elegant and perfect!

Apr 22, 2015
walker in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

What was the total price for that big haul? Lucky you!

Apr 22, 2015
walker in Home Cooking
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